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Hassan and Mohsen Gil Vicente debuts end in loss

Gil Vicente debutsEgyptian duo Hossam Hassan and Marwan Mohsen both made their debuts in Gil Vicente’s 2-0 loss away at Vitória Setúbal.

Hossam Hassan and Marwan Mohsen were finally eligible to compete in official matches following the arrival of their International Transfer Certificates, which the EFA had delayed sending.

It wasn’t the debut they would have hoped for, however, as Gil Vicente slumped to their second loss in as many games in the Primeira Liga.

Vitória Setúbal dominated for most of the first half, and they opened the scoring after a botched headed clearance by Gil’s Vítor Gonçalves ended up falling to Pedro Miguel, who side footed it past the goalkeeper.

Twenty minutes after that, debutant, Marwan Mohsen had a glorious opportunity to score, controlling a 35-yard Diogo Valente cross with his chest close to the penalty area, but the ball landed awkwardly, and the Vitória goalkeeper was able to make a save. It would seem that had he headed the ball (which was the easiest option), instead of trying to control it with his chest, he probably would have scored.

Hossam Hassan, 25, had a quiet first half in central midfield, and was substituted off at half-time in place of Luís Silva.

Marwan, also 25, went close again just after the interval, after a lovely pass by Caetano opened up the Vitória defence, but the Egyptian’s shot was saved by the German goalkeeper, Lukas Raeder.

Gil Vicente were playing well, and knocking on the door of the home side’s defence, but a silly error by Enza-Yamissi gifted Vitória Setúbal a penalty, which João Schmidt buried, and it was game over.

It certainly wasn’t a disastrous debut for Marwan, who had two very good opportunities to score, and looked lively for a large part of the second half. As for Hossam Hassan, he wasn’t the only player in the team to have a quiet first half.

Next up for Gil Vicente is a home game against Marítimo on Saturday.

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